Volume 47, Number 9 - December 14, 2009


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Brief protest at UC Berkley

 

Around 150 University of California-Berkeley students went to the streets again, on Dec. 7, to fight for fellow students arrested the previous week for similar demonstrations and to continue protesting about the skyrocketing tuition prices to be effective next year.

The group entered the lobby of the office of UC President Mark Yudof, demanding to be heard.

As Yudof was out of office, students engaged in a 3-hour conversation with other university officials, discussing topics like UC’s budget, financial aid programs and more funding for higher education.

According to UC officials, next year’s tuition would be raised by 32 percent, a significant increase for a state funded school.

Students will be paying $2,500 more in undergraduate fees, bringing their totals to $16,000, after room and board is factored in.

 

Incident at FMU recorded on video

 

A student from Florida Memorial University is pursuing civil action against the school and its security company after one guard allegedly used excessive force on him.

A cell phone video shot on Oct. 17 by FMU student Jeffrey Y. Martin shows 19-year-old Emory Mitchell struggling with a security guard in one of the school’s bathrooms as the guard was using his nightstick on the student.

The video also shows another guard, Ronnie Finley, pointing a gun at a crowd of unarmed students gathered outside the bathroom entrance.

According to the account given to police by security guards, Mitchell was smoking marijuana when he was seen by a guard and ran to hide in the bathroom.

On Nov. 18 prosecutors dropped the felony battery charges against Mitchell who now seeks “public retraction” from the school and his reinstatement as a student.

Finley, the guard who pulled the gun, was replaced.


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